ICAI sets up group to study emissions trade

MUMBAI: As a first move towards making India the first country to adopt accounting standards on carbon emissions, the board of ICAI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) has constituted a group which will come up with the draft guidelines before March 31, 2008.

The group, set up on December 11, will be headed by ICAI accounting standards board chairman, Amarjit Chopra. When contacted, Chopra said the group will look into development of accounting and disclosure practices on emissions trading. The group will study the full scope and relevance of the carbon market from India’s point of view.

ICAI president Sunil Talati said, the group will seek clarity on how corporates need to treat the income earned from carbon credits. "There is a view that carbon credits should be recognised for the purpose of accounting after they have been traded. The group is likely to seek views of corporates like SRF and Coal India."

Source : The Times of India


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